I'm relatively new to genealogy, and very new to South African
genealogy (so please bear with me!)
I'm a New Zealander, living in NZ, and I'm researching Moira-Anne's
(my mother in law's) family.
Moira-Anne was told that her maternal grandmother, Salomina Catharina
MATTHEUS, descendend from one of Napoleon's bodyguards: Carl
Friedrich Benjamin MATTHEUS (also on the IGI/familysearch.org's
website as Carel Friedrich Benjamin MATTHYSSE). Carl was born about
1790 and came out from Prussia to St Helena with Napoleon,
apparently. He then went to the Cape, around 1816, and married
Wilhelmina Hermina VAN ROOYEN in Uitenhage.
I'd like to find out more about how Carl got to St Helena, what
exactly he was doing there (in addition to being a bodyguard), and
any other information - but I don't know how. Does anyone out there
know about the MATTHEUS / MATTHYSSE family origins?